Nine dead in California wildfires, tens of thousands forced to flee

A Cal Fire firefighter monitors a burning home as the Camp Fire moves through the area

Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean told the Associated Press earlier Friday, "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation".

The number of evacuations remains at 52,000 people so far, but the number of total structures destroyed has risen to 6,713.

Director Guillermo del Toro revealed on Twitter that Bleak House, his museum of horror movie memorabilia was also in the path of the flames. Fire surrounded the evacuation route, and drivers panicked.

The dead were found in the same part of Paradise, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said. 'I'm driving through fire as we speak.

He confirmed reports that evacuees had to abandon their vehicles as they fled the scene.

"We're just hoping that our brand new home that we were hoping to move into tomorrow is not burned to the ground", Winstead said. The message I want to get out is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate, ' Honea said.

After an 8-2 regular season, Paradise was rewarded with the No. 3 seed in California's Northern Section Division II playoffs and a home game that would have been played Friday night against Red Bluff.

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At least five deaths have been reported and as many as 2,000 structures lost in the Paradise area.

The dry heat and limited rainfall - in some places, no rainfall at all - contributed to the fire's spread.

. Two fires there are rapidly expanding towards the coast causing the city of Malibu to evacuate. She instantly found herself stuck in gridlock.

A fire official said the blaze in northern California almost quadrupled in size overnight. Here are photos, video, and satellite imagery showing just how bad it is.

A vintage vehicle rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise. Around 150,000 people have also been evacuated from their homes. People reported seeing much of the community go up in flames, including homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement center. Some buildings caught fire and were damaged but the main facility, Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, was not, spokeswoman Jill Kinney said. God help us!' Bernacett said before breaking down crying.

Blome drove through the town with a man named Fred, crying, pointing out Sam's Liquor, Safeway, McDonald's, the church, the tire shop, the auto wash, apartments, her doctor's office, the bowling alley, a hotel, the veterinarian - all of which had gone up in flames.

'Every engine that we could put on the fire is on the fire right now, and more are coming, ' he said.

The walls of a scorched antique shop stand on Skyway after a wildfire burned through Paradise, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

"Fortunately for us, it is burning into the old footprint of the Springs Fire of 2013, and the fire activity there has diminished", he told reporters Friday, adding that this has allowed crews to "focus a little bit more heavily" on the Woolsey Fire instead.

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